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Last night at Tesla’s Hawthorne Design Studio, Chairman Elon Musk outlined the company’s plan to move into the home and commercial energy storage business. It appears speculation following rumors and leaks last month was mostly right, but “Powerwall” units to begin rolling out this summer for $3,000 for 7 kilowatt-hours and $3,500 for 10 kilowatt-hours […]

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In the Chevy Volt’s early days, GM caught flak for declaring it an “extended-range electric vehicle” and not simply a plug-in hybrid, but this week the Idaho National Laboratory verified real-world drivers annually traveled 94-percent as far gas-free as did Nissan Leaf drivers. The data was presented by INL engineers Matt Shirk and Barney Carlson […]

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California, the world’s seventh-largest economy, de facto air quality rulemaking body inciting automakers to make electric cars just for it is smiling on a fuel called Diesel HPR. More than a pilot project, last month’s launch of 18 stations for the diesel alternative is being propped by a few laws including California’s Low Carbon Fuel […]

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“For the future to be good, we need electric transport,” said Elon Musk just nine hours ago, “solar power, and (of course) …” To find out the rest of the incomplete sentence tweeted by the billionaire with 2.01 million Twitter followers, you will have to wait until tomorrow when an announcement is made at Tesla’s […]

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As General Motors anticipates launch of its 2016 Chevy Volt after this summer, it has promoted its superiority, begun showing build specs online, but unknown is the sticker price. Will GM price and market the second-generation Volt effectively and let it transcend the dues-paying 2011-2015 Volt, or as speculators and at least one alternative-energy analyst […]

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Last week J.D. Powers’ U.S. Tech Choice Survey reported respondents overwhelmingly said they wanted advanced crash mitigation technologies and it so happens these are required to make the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) list. Our list culled from the latest IIHS data thus merges two desirable “technologies” – electrified powertrains […]

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With regards to newly revealed electrified vehicles, has 2015 been General Motors’ year to shine? Since January the Detroit-based automaker has revealed four new electrified benchmarks – one a second-generation 50-mile range extended-range EV, one a mainstream 200-mile pure EV, another an all-new 47 mpg hybrid, another a luxury over 30-mile range plug-in hybrid. Each […]

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For everyone who likes to say the Chevrolet Volt is just one more plug-in hybrid, a GM study presented to the Society of Automotive Engineers shows it stands to burn radically less gasoline and emit much less smog-forming gases than competitive PHEVs. The engineering analysis also projects the new 2016 Volt due in a couple […]

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No country has more clearly demonstrated a unified effort to switch to plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) than Norway, and this Monday it’s expected to reach a 50,000-unit sales threshold on generous incentives propping up the enterprise. As it reaches this ceiling limit of PEVs eligible to receive financial and convenience-oriented benefits encouraging their sale, the […]

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General Motors has managed to keep under wraps core details of what may be a new benchmark for luxury plug-in hybrid sedans. What we do know is GM says the CT6 plug-in hybrid will be something special, and able to hold its head up proudly even in the company of the best sedans the Germans […]

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